……Abia Warriors players, supporters beg Governor Ikpeazu
The Oracle Today has gathered that players of struggling NPFL side, Abia Warriors, have spoken of their displeasure over the decision of the state government to sweep out out the board of the team alongside other boards of government Departments and Ministries.
The embittered players say the decision should be reversed forthwith especially as it affects the club, saying government’s action is like throwing away the child with the bath water.
“Our position on the table is not the best. At this stage of the season, we need all hands on deck to ensure we crossed the red line”, offers one of the players without wanting to be named on print for fear of victimisation.
He added: “Removing the leadership of the club at this stage will do more harm than good. The leadership of the club should be retained until after the season”.
Abia Warriors are in race against relegation for the first time since joining the Premiership in 2014.
But the recent executive order by the government order relieving the board of their duties is seen as one capable of derailing their survival effort.
“Sports, particularly football, is different from other aspects of governance”, quips another player.
“We are making headway in our efforts to remain in the Premiership. And removing the board with just four matches to go will do the club more harm than good”, he stressed.
Abia State government on Saturday announced the dissolution of all government owned Departments, Boards and Parastatals including those of Abia Warriors FC and Enyimba FC, Aba.
Abia Warriors Sunday emerged Oriental Derby kings following an incredible 4-2 win at Heartland.
The Warriors produced an amazing performance of extraordinary quality on the night to dwarf their hosts to win their fourth Oriental Derby of the season, thus, navigating their way to a possible NPFL safety.
On match day seven, Abia Warriors triumphed 2-1 at FC Ifeanyi Ubah.
In the reverse fixture in a match day 18 clash at Umuahia, the hosts ran out 3-0 winners just as they followed it up with a 4-2 win at Heartland in match day 19, having equally won 1-0 at home on match day seven.
After the ” miracle at Okigwe”, Ekeh Udenkwo, a vociferous member of the team’s supporters club, screamed, pleading with Governor Okezie Ikpeazu to rescind the decision on the sack of the board of the club.
“We won 3-0 against FC Ifeanyi Ubah. Today (Sunday), we won 4-2 at Heartland. Our chances of retaining our Premier League position is now brighter.
“But if the board is sacked the club would look like sheep without shepherd. So governor should please rescind his decision as it affects Abia Warriors management be”.